Monday, 26 November 2012

Review: The Emperor's Conspiracy - Michelle Diener


From nineteenth-century London’s elegant ballrooms to its darkest slums, a spirited young woman and a nobleman investigating for the Crown unmask a plot by Napoleon to bleed England of its gold.Chance led to Charlotte Raven’s transformation from chimney sweep to wealthy, educated noblewoman, but she still walks a delicate tightrope between two worlds, unable to turn her back on the ruthless crime lord who was once her childhood protector.

When Lord Edward Durnham is tapped to solve the mystery of England’s rapidly disappearing gold, his search leads him to the stews of London, and Charlotte becomes his intriguing guide to the city’s dark, forbidding underworld. But as her involvement brings Charlotte to the attention of men who have no qualms about who they hurt, and as Edward forges a grudging alliance with the dangerous ghosts of Charlotte’s former life, she faces a choice: to continue living in limbo, or to close the door on the past and risk her heart and her happiness on an unpredictable future.

My thoughts:
It started so good..and yes it continued to be that good! :D

It was a nice mix of historical fiction, suspense, mystery and romance. Charlotte the heroine was no simpering miss of the ton. She used to live in the slum, daughter of a whore, worked as a chimney sweep but was saved by a nice lady and raised as her ward. While still be connected to the underworld. Oh yes I loved that premise at once.

In this story there is a mystery too. Gold smuggled out of England and a Lord who tries to figure out the plot. A Lord who become the romantic interested of our cool heroine. As he is not one of those silly Men of the ton who wants her dowry and are all talk. And it works, because they do not fall at once, they do not even like each other at once. It's a story that will take time.

A good mystery, evil guys, flirting and the underworld. Yes that other thing I liked. She has an old friend, Luke who is now a crime boss and it just brought something new and very fresh to it. A woman torn between two worlds, dividing loyalties and a plot that kept it going. It was a book that was hard to put down, easy to read and suddenly I had read it and wanted more.

Conclusion:
I truly enjoyed it

Genre: Romantic historical mystery fiction
Pages: 336
To be Published: Nov 27th 2012 by Gallery Books
Source: For review

54 comments:

  1. The cover of that book is gorgeous. Love the review, the book sounds really good.

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    1. It was really good :) and yes I do love that cover

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  2. This one definitely sounds like something I would enjoy! Love when I find a book I just cannot put down, no matter what real-life things I should be doing instead:)

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    1. Hahs, yes there were a few things I should have done this weekend ;) But that will not happen now

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  3. Sounds good so I'm adding it to my list :)

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  4. Ohhhh la la. Sounds fantastic!

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    1. I always forget these days.
      VErdict, awesome

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  6. EEEE! I want this one so bad!

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  7. So it started good? Then it kept being good? Then it ended good? Oh I like the sound of that :)

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    1. Haha, yes good all the way through and I sat there worried that it would get bad cos it as just so good. I am weird

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  8. You scared me for a second with your first sentence, you cheeky girl, until I read it till the end :)))
    So glad you liked it because based on Kimba's review I've decided to request and review it, and now yours tells me it will be an awesome read as well! Woohoo!

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    1. Hihi, I know, I am a wicked little thing.

      I sure hope you will enjoy it too! It was so fun to read. Awesome really

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  9. Glad to see you enjoyed this one..I'm reading it right now and liking it so far. Will be posting my review in a few days. Great post.

    Kimberlee
    http://girllostinabook.blogspot.com

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    1. I hope you will continue to enjoy it then :D

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  10. I'm reading this one for a blog tour next month. Glad you liked it!

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    1. I am sure you will like it, well I hope

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  11. Oh this sounds so perfect for me. I do love the sound of the book. I even love the cover. :) Total win for me and not for my wishlist. ;D Adding it now...

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    1. Hihi, yay, on the wishlist it goes. It was just so fun, and a little bit of everything. I loved the tension too

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  12. Ohh, this book sounds really good. I love historical fiction, it's so vivid and alive. I love the cover of this novel, and the idea that a poor girl was taken and made a lady.
    I will add this to my TBR.
    GREAT review, book girl!
    Your constant reader,
    Soma
    http://insomnia-of-books.blogspot.com/

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    1. It is a Cinderella Dream, and the situation in which she was saved made sense. A one in a million chance

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  13. Oh I want to read it, I love your review and the cover is so gorgeous! I can't wait to learn more, thank you!

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    1. I want that dress! Why can't we dress like that! So unfair

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  14. I've heard good things about this and maybe I should give it a try. Is this stand alone?

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    1. Well, I asked the author and the next book will be about another couple. So yes it works like this

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  15. Nice review, I like the sound of this one and I love the cover!!

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  16. Good to hear it kept being good and that the mystery aspect is well done.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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  17. I like the cover art. The contrasts of shades and colors looked "3D".

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    1. I never thought about that but it sure looks like it

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  18. This one sounds very good. Yours is the second glowing te review I've read today :)

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  19. Great review. I need to read this book.

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  20. I am so glad this was a good read. I have been eyeing for awhile and you and Kimba both approve so it is a go for me!

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    1. It was so good, very happy about it :D
      So yes I do think you should listen to Kimba and I ;)

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  21. It really sounds enjoyable, you know!

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    1. It was, and no sugar or rotting teeth

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  22. I am so glad that you like the book. I have had my eyes on it for some time and am looking forward to giving it a try. I love mystery and with the other elements, this is my sort of read. Thanks for your review.

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    1. You're welcome :) I do hope you try it because it just felt so cool and such a great mix of subgenres

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  23. I think I'd like this one. Definitely will keep it in mind.

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  24. I like it when a book is an easy read! Sounds good!

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    1. SO good, cos sometimes it feels like a book just goes on and on

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  25. Ooo I want this book! Thanks for the review B.

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  26. oooh, gorgeous cover!! so glad the story is excellent too!!

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